Island of Wolves
The hound dogs surround
in groves of filthy packs.
I cannot say they are bleeding
but I smell their injuries wherever I go.
Their howls linger in the smog cloud
outside my bedroom window.
Who will tame their greed? It is necessary
to have an answer to this destruction – the streets,
the kitchen are in need of repairing. Around the corner,
death drips like a carnivore’s favourite dream.
They are following the order of things,
full of hope but immune to all good faith.
Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Walking Is Still Honest”
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